What’s on Press | Harwood Wedding

Harwood WeddingSpring is such a lovely time to get married. The weather begins to warm, flowers begin to awaken after their winter slumber, and love is in the air.

When Beth told me about her and Adam’s spring wedding, I loved the details they wanted to incorporate. Beth loves daisies, so much so that even her engagement ring and wedding dress featured them prominently. She wanted to incorporate florals into their wedding invites along with a palette of ivory, blush, navy, and metallic gold. The florals were illustrated in our studio to pair with an elegant script and serif fonts.

Harwood WeddingThe invite was letterpress printed with navy ink and foil stamped to bring in a bit of metallic gold. The envelopes, rsvp card, and details card all used a very pale blush pink paper to match the bridesmaids dresses and decor. The same navy ink was used on the blush pieces as well.

Congrats to Beth and Adam!


Veils & Cocktails | Free Ticket Giveaway

Welcome 2015! We’re excited to be back in the studio for the beginning of the new year. We’re busy working on lots of new plans for the year, and starting to get inquires for spring wedding invitations!

Veils + Cocktails Promotional Video from Bride Meets Wedding on Vimeo.

For all you working toward a 2015 or 2016 wedding, we’d love to see you at Veils and Cocktails, a new kind of bridal show, held at the Palmer House Stable in Solon on Saturday, January 17th. Veils and Cocktails will be more intimate than most standard bridal shows, with vendors showcasing their talents throughout the three floors of the gorgeous, historic Palmer House Stables.

And we’re very excited to give away a free ticket to Veils and Cocktails! Enter below to win a free ticket! Entries will be accepted through Friday, January 9th, with the winner being announced Saturday, January 10th!

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Happy Holidays From Iron Leaf Press

Happy Holidays from Iron Leaf Press

Wishing you a happy holiday this season! I’m so grateful for all the followers, clients, customers, and supporters this year. The end of 2014 wraps up my first year working full-time at Iron Leaf Press and I couldn’t have done it without you all. Thank you.

From December 20th-January 2nd, the studio will be closed to celebrate with friends and family, along with working on some big plans for 2015. Can’t wait to see what the new year will bring!

Hamilton Wood Type Wayzgoose 2014

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

Last weekend was the 6th annual Hamilton Type Museum Wayzgoose. Although I’ve been to many other printing related events (read about the Ladies of Letterpress Type on Cob and Printers Hall), I hadn’t yet made it to Two Rivers, Wisconsin for all the wood type fun at Hamilton.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

(L) Wood type wall (R) Old Hamilton Smokestack

I convinced John to come along and we headed for the land of beer and cheese Friday afternoon. We arrived in Manitowoc late that evening and looked forward to Saturday. We took a quick drive up the road to Two Rivers and spotted both the new museum location, along with the old Hamilton Co. smokestack in the distance. Inside there were many familiar faces and lots of new ones too. The industrial space houses their wood type manufacturing equipment, along with lots of wood type, presses, and lots of posters and printed goods decorating the walls.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

Inside the Hamilton Wood Type Museum

I arrived just in time to catch the breakout sessions, starting with David Wolske. I have been following his Instagram feed and was excited to see him discuss his “Isotype” method of partial printing. The color and saturation in his prints was something that can’t really be captured digitally.

David Wolske & Jessica Spring | Iron Leaf Press

(L) David Wolske’s print with frisket (R) Jessica Spring’s artist book

Next up was Greg Walters, who shared his incredible collection of foreign type specimens. He spread his books over half a dozen tables and let us pour over the goodies.

Type Specimens | Iron Leaf Press

A very small selection from Greg Walter’s foreign type specimen collection

After a quick lunch with some printer friends, we were back for the afternoon sessions. As part of the Amalgamated Printer’s Association, I’d always admired Jessica Spring’s printing and was excited to hear her talk about her process. Her examples of curved, angular, and circular forms were an eye opener. And I just may be adding her daredevil furniture to my Christmas list.

I ended the breakout sessions with Clint Harvey from the Bacon Factory. Clint flew in all the way from Australia to discuss the state of letterpress in his country and share his enthusiasm for the craft.

Later that evening we gathered for some brews and eats before heading back for the evening speakers, Sandro Berra and Silvio Antiga from Tipoteca Italiana. They discussed printing in Italy and the museum they’ve created there. There were audible gasps while they presented some of their more decorative wood type.

Sunday morning Greg Walters was back to share his collection of light and shade watermarks. I had no idea that watermarks could hold so much detail, or how much artistry and craftsmanship goes into making these types of watermarks.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum | Iron Leaf Press

(L) Light and shade watermarks (R) The stylish Dave Peat

Following Greg’s session came the Dave Peat type giveaway. I had heard about last year’s giveaway from some printer friends, but it was truly a sight to behold. Dave has generously been giving away type and printing goodies, lottery style, to attendees of the Wayzgoose. Although I didn’t come away with any winnings, it was great to see Dave share his enthusiasm (and style) with many printers.

After the giveaway frenzy, we ended the Wayzgoose with a print swap. I may never have wall space again after with all the goodies I collected. Once my arms could hold no more, we said our goodbyes and began the drive back home. I’m hoping to make it back again next year and catch up with old and new printing friends.

For more photos of the event, check out #hwtwayzgoose and #hwtwayzgoose2014 on Instagram.